TYPE: Feature Screenplay
LOGLINE: A retired hall of fame baseball announcer in need of new purpose is abducted by aliens, throwing him back into the game to save a stadium full of fans from hungry extraterrestrials.
NO. PAGES: 113
A Hall of Fame baseball play-by-play announcer, BENNY BUCHENSTEIN (60’s) was pushed into early retirement by new team management looking to attract a younger demographic and pump up ratings by placing a ‘prettier’ face in the broadcast booth. Wanting to give him space to find himself—and lose his growing negativity—Benny’s wife, JULIA (60’s), leaves him to stay with her sister.
Alone and lost, Benny is abducted from his back yard one night by benevolent extraterrestrials. They believe Benny is uniquely qualified to save the earth from an impending invasion by Zeppendulars; an evil race of reptilian extraterrestrials who plan to harvest humans as a food source. Benny learns of his secret weapon…bubble gum…and the fact that he has only one week to prepare for the invasion.
Soon after, Benny becomes convinced that his abduction and the threat are real when he receives a nighttime visit from a Zep. He also proves the power of bubble gum when he blows a giant bubble and melts the creature in his kitchen.
Lacking a plan and failing to convince any authorities that he’s not a raving lunatic, Benny finally secures an ally in JACOB (12), the way smarter than his age 12-year-old social media savvy kid next door. With renewed hope, Benny is able to call in some favors from his old pal CLUTCH, the current manager of the ballclub who is also being forced out.
With the clock ticking and a tiny team in place, Benny finds a way back into the game to thwart the Zep’s invasion. And in so doing, he restores purpose and meaning to his life.